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216 Meaning of defamation

| Commentary

K: DEFAMATION

216 Meaning of defamation

Defamation is the publication to a third party of a false statement that tends to lower someone in the eyes of right thinking persons generally or to expose him to hate, ridicule or contempt. A defamatory statement can be written, in which case it is libel, or spoken or in some other temporary form in which case it is slander. Broadcasts and computer-generated transmissions are defined by statute as publication. The distinction between libel and slander is still relevant because in slander the claimant has to prove actual loss, unless the statement falls within

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